In last week’s Sunday Salon, I took stock of where I was in all my various reading challenges. It became very apparent that there are three that it is impossible for me to complete in time to meet the deadlines. Specifically, the TBR Challenge, the Outlander Challenge, and the Read Your Own Books Challenge.
The Outlander Challenge is to be finished by September 22nd, the release date of the 7th book in the series, An Echo in the Bone. I was all on track to finish in time, until I forgot to rip the 26th disc of Drums of Autumn and had to go to the back of the hold list. I’m still going to listen to the rest of the series, though, even though I won’t qualify as completing the challenge.
As for the TBR Challenge and the Read Your Own Books Challenge, there is no way I will finish these by the end of the year. I’ve only read 3 of my 12 TBR books, and 20 of the 70 I set as my Read Your Own Books goal. The reason is two-fold: I have accepted too many ARCs and review copies, and I have used the library’s online hold feature almost every time I’ve read about a new fantastic book.
So, there it is. It’s out in the open. I’m a reading challenge slacker. I am officially abandoning these three challenges.
And, as a kind of preview, here are the books I have waiting on my large pile of ARCs and review copies:
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
The Geography of Love: A Memoir by Glenda Burgess
Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak
Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham (I’m halfway through this one.)
The Twelve by William Gladstone
No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Other bookish posts this past week:
~ Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
~ My ever-expanding list of books you must read
~ Literary Road Trip: Author Michael Harmon
~ Book Review: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares